Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Willcox

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  • Made a quick stop to this area as we checked out places to hike in the cooler Arizona Fall weather. Great visitors center, signage and trails around the ruins was informative and other hiking trails....  more
    Made a quick stop to this area as we checked out places to hike in the cooler Arizona Fall weather. Great visitors center, signage and trails around the ruins was informative and other hiking trails....  more »
  • Visited on a HOT day, which meant we didn't spend much time in the Fort's ruins, or in the cemetery. My bad, planning-wise; the 3-mile round trip walk from the parking area is definitely a factor to.....  more
    Visited on a HOT day, which meant we didn't spend much time in the Fort's ruins, or in the cemetery. My bad, planning-wise; the 3-mile round trip walk from the parking area is definitely a factor to.....  more »
  • 1.5 mile hike from parking to the fort ruins with some info signs and historical markers along the way. I think the signs tried to present the facts - no extra commentary on right/ wrong. Helps to... 
    1.5 mile hike from parking to the fort ruins with some info signs and historical markers along the way. I think the signs tried to present the facts - no extra commentary on right/ wrong. Helps to...  more »
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  • This is the real deal. Want to see what life was like in the 1800’s in the southwest? Come here. The hike is an easy walk, many sections through wooded colonnade and along a creek. Multiple historical stops along the way, including an old stage stop and cemetery in the middle of nowhere at about the halfway point. Do enter the cemetery and read the headstones. You’ll be shocked by the ages and causes of death listed. The fort ruins are incredibly well preserved. It was a huge facility and also had one of the first systems to make ice, allowing cold storage of food and - Ice Cream! The rangers here are really well informed and engaged. You can bring you dog with you on the hike and there is ample water available at the ranger station at the fort, though it can be a hot walk in the summer, so do bring water with you. Toilets and water at both parking and the fort. There is a road into the back of the fort for ADA access, though I didn’t see it or drive it. A must do activity to stretch out during sightseeing in the area. Allow at least 3 hrs to make the walk and explore the fort.
  • Very interesting historical site. You can drive or hike in. The remains of the fort have been reasonably maintained. Informative visitor center. Signage around the site helps you picture the fort in its active years.
  • If you cannot do the long walk there is at least 1 handicapped parking space. But you still have a walk to the museum. The museum is by far the best part of the area. There's not much worth seeing besides that. It's a very long hike from the non handicapped trail head and back to your car. Why do they have so much money spent on the museum and supporting nearby buildings and not have general public parking near the museum I have no idea. Wonder how many risk death on the long hot hike to the museum and back. This making it sweet and easy for government employees and crop for the tax paying general public is pervasive most places I go. Let's all complain as we can and maybe in 50 years it may subside a little. My guess is environmentalists are in charge plus employees that have little incentive for these places to become too popular and actually want to deter return visits. Just run up millions in costs while for the public there may as well have nothing done other than the dirt road in and the museum. Enjoy my pics as I doubt you will see more than I have posted. Exception if you have a larger than general interest in the history here then the museum is a must see. I did not photograph everything, maybe half and what I thought was most interesting.
  • This place is awesome. Easy 3 Mile interpretive loop trail. Lots of ruins and other things to see. Plus it's FREE. Along the way are numerous ruins, AN Apache dwelling, historical cemetery, famous battleground site, Apache Springs, Old Fort Bowie ruins and the sprawling ruins of the "new" fort. At the main fort ruins there is a ranger station / gift shop with picnic tables. Old cannon faces the former fort. Note buy ruins only eroded Stone and Adobe walls and Foundations remain. No complete structure remains anymore. However it is beautiful and there is lots to see. The interpretive signs tell everything about what you're looking including pictures of what it used to look like. The first-half the loot leading up to the port is easy but the return loop from Laporte back to the parking lot goes over a ridge and is more I'm an intense hike but has awesome panoramic views of the work and valley.
  • It's a valuable site to preserve, given that so much was lost by our short-sighted government & park service. It lay abandoned for decades and became a resource for locals who wanted cheap building materials. It was only a full fort for a few years but it did did its job at a crucial time in our history. It is still under-funded & could use some locals to volunteer time & supplies to keep it from total failure. It covers a wide area and can only be accessed by walking. That is my reason for the one star drop. I am not very mobile. The hilly terrain kept me from covering much distance. We didn't realize that if we had called ahead they would have opened the gate for my access. The trails are only good for the sure footed, which I am not, so I opted to view the area by the porch of the visitor center. At least dogs are allowed! Except for the visitor center, which is understandable. But so many local sites, even outdoor sites, do not allow dogs, even small ones carried in one's arms! I've seen crude dog cages that I wouldn't put an unruly beast into. Here, all is open. After all, they can't keep out the coyotes!

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